Williams Jazz Faculty Concert


The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Jazz Faculty Concert on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

A small group of Williams Jazz Faculty with special guests present a performance titled 59+58. The ensemble plays interpretations and new arrangements of music from what is widely considered to be one of the most pivotal and exiting years in jazz history – 1959.  This year saw the release of the best selling jazz album of all time (Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue) and the most popular single track of all time (Dave Brubeck’s Take Five). But, these were just the beginning. Also to be celebrated in this special performance will be music inspired by important albums such as Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Mingus’s Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, not to mention music by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Luis Bonfa and Lee Konitz. Featuring faculty members Kris Allen, Mike Kolodny, John Wheeler, Andy Jaffe, Avery Sharpe and Conor Meehan.